London: Chatto & Windus, 1883. "Theodore Roosevelt Engages in a Little Literary Criticism"
8vo, 338 + 32 pp, gilt-stamped blue cloth. Gracefully inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to Miss Abbey Lansing at the fep; "Mifs Abbey Lansing compiments of Theodore Roosevelt. I have marked (see 'contents') the poems worth reading; as many are worthless."
The presence of this book in Gerrit Lansing's library is a testament to the prominent history of the Lansing family in America. Both the Roosevelt family and the Lansings had a long history in New York State and particularly Albany. It is also a testament to Roosevelt's wide and eclectic reading and engagement with Swinburne. Despite TR's dismissal of many of the poems included in this volume, in the Theodore Roosevelt's archive, at the Harvard College Library, there is a 10 pp. handwritten example by TR of Swinburne's long poem "A Forsaken Garden," and a letter from Whitelaw Read in the archive, dated 12 October 1906, references an earlier letter from TR in which he had referenced a Swinburne poem. Item #27809